Tuesday November 6, 2012

WINHALL -- On Nov. 4 at about 7 p.m., officers of the Winhall Police and Rescue Department received a report of a large amount of gold jewelry and other precious stone being taken from a residence on the Winhall Hollow Road.

Police learned that the theft occurred around the Oct. 22 but was not noticed until just prior to the report. The value of the missing gold and jewels was estimated by the homeowner to be about $8,000 to $10,000.

With the help of the homeowner, who had provided photos of the missing property, on Nov. 5, Sgt. Thomas Crowe conducted an interview of a person of interest who had worked in the home. Based on that interview, Winhall Police were able to recover a portion of the stolen jewelry from locations in Winhall and Chester.

Cited to appear in District Court in Bennington was January M. Nelson, 30, of Chester in connection with the theft.

Investigation also revealed that the balance of the jewelry had been sold to a jewelry store in the Springfield area. That property could not be recovered, but the store owners were able to identify Nelson as the person who sold the jewelry to them.

Crowe met with members of the Chester Police at a location on Mattson Road in Chester, and was assisted in recovering the stolen jewelry by Chief Richard Cloud of the Chester Police. Recovered from the two locations was about $4,000 to $5,000 worth of jewelry.

Winhall Police reminded homeowners to try to get photographs of any valuable property and jewelry so they can be identified and to vet persons they have working in their homes.